Google Is Pro-War

ByTyrone Johnsonfrom The Sky’s Starry Vault link

“Among the calamities of war may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” ~ Samuel Johnson, The Idler, No. 30, 11 November 1758

I’ve spent a good bit of the last few days thinking about Google’s recent attack against My first thought was: If they’ve determined that images accurately portraying war in a news context that have been on the Antiwar site for years are a violation of their terms, why now, for what benefit?

Obviously, some research was in order. It turns out that Google has recently begun imposing its highly Puritanical standards on many different sites. One site which carries news content that I often find interesting is called Tech Dirt. Their experience of having a news story fall afoul of the uptight censors at Google is detailed here.

The same situation is happening at WeAreChange. They review the facts about their Youtube videos being stripped of income by Google decision-makers in their essay here and in their video here.

So, it appears clear that Google has chosen to start enforcing policies to attack and, where possible, destroy independent news media organisations. Why now, and for what benefit?

Google In the White House

The Wall Street Journal recently reported about Google having frequent meetings, averaging about one a week, in the White House. Here is a news aggregator review of that story, since I don’t particularly wish to scale the monetary heights of WSJ’s pay wall. Note that co-founder Larry Page has met with the Federal Trade Commission to attempt to settle the anti-trust issues the government has, and Google chair Eric Schmidt has met with Pete Rouse, a senior advisor to President Obama.

Perhaps, then, the “voluntary changes” that the FTC found agreeable, included Google attacking indy media? The FTC has closed its investigation thanks to these voluntary changes agreed to by Google. Perhaps the White House has sought to use its close ties to Google to economically attack news outlets that refuse to toe the military-industrial complex propaganda line?

Well, if the Obama administration has things to hide, what are they? The revelations by Edward Snowden have prompted some in Congress to sponsor bi-partisan legislation against surveillance. Clearly, the USA government is the worst offender in the history of the world in snooping on other countries, on its own population, on people all over the world. Just as clearly, the Obama administration loves the power granted to it by the USAPATRIOT act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and use that power egregiously…



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